The hopeless bride says goodbye…for now

I can’t believe that I’m writing what will be my last blog post before I get married! When I started writing my little blog over a year ago, I had no idea that I’d still be going right up until the wedding and that people would actually read it! So thank you to everyone that has read/shared/commented on my blog along the way, your support has meant so much to me and encouraged me to keep going in my little experiment. 

You may (or may not) be pleased to hear that I hope to continue to blog after the wedding, giving advice from the day, my do’s and don’ts etc. and then I hope to come up with something else to write about (suggestions very welcome!) 

But for now, today is my penultimate day as a single lady, I can’t quite believe how quickly the time has gone. Despite the fact that my week has been filled with the following: 

  • A sudden panic that we had no stand/board/accessory for either of our cakes or a knife to cut them with 
  • Sleepless nights over the weather (I hate things I can’t control) 
  • Writing more cards than I have ever done before 
  • Wrapping 
  • Tying flip flops 
  • Practicing a first dance, which for two awkward/normally drunk dancers is not an easy task 
  • Taking full advantage of Amazon prime (it is an essential for a wedding) 
  • Generally feeling more and more sick with nerves  

I am in fact so excited for the big day!

As every bridal blog has ever said, the last week is absolute chaos with your mind running a million miles an hour and problems coming up where you never thought possible. I am trying my best to take people’s advice and to not wish the time away as everyone says the day goes in a flash and you will forever want to relive it.. 

I’m currently focusing on remembering everything, completing important tasks like getting my nails done 😉 and trying not to nervous eat too much so that my dress doesn’t fit come Saturday. 

As I said earlier I will be writing up all about my day with some photos once the madness has died down and I can’t wait to share our day with you all. But for now, all I can say is thank you for joining me on this adventure and for following the hopeless bride!

 

The hopeless bride gets sh*t done

With less than two weeks to the big day, it seems our lives revolve around the wedding. I honestly don’t know how anyone does this for a living because it is so all consuming I’d never be able to keep it anywhere near 9-5.

As there are too many things to write individual blog posts on, I thought I’d give you a quick update on what we’ve been up to.

Confetti

When we first started thinking about wedding photos, I knew straight away that I wanted a confetti shot. So rather than rely on/hope that everyone brings confetti, we decided to order some of our own to make the perfect photo. Similar to every other part of the planning process, I was amazed at how expensive it was. Some companies quoted more than £100 to cater for enough confetti for 60 people! I avoided the mainstream websites and actually looked on eBay. There were quite a few shops selling similar looking natural petal confetti for a fraction of the price. We ordered some ‘slow fall English country garden’ mix from a company called http://www.adamapple.co.uk and I was so happy with the results. So one ‘wedmin’ evening was spent filling cute little bags with confetti and adding ‘throw me’ and ‘sprinkle me’ stickers. One final touch was that I added some rose petals that I had kept and dried from the night we got engaged, to be thrown with the confetti on our wedding day.

Cake boxes

I never considered cake boxes but apparently people used to post slices of cake to those who couldn’t make the wedding!!! seriously?? I wouldn’t trust cake in the post now, let alone 20 years ago when this was happening. Anyway, we’re not doing that, but we did think that guests may want to take some cake home as we will have plenty of it to spare. With the cheese and pork pie cake also providing over 7kg of food, we wanted to give guests the option of taking some home with them. I ordered ‘standard’ wedding cake boxes and thought that was a job well done. When they arrived they are what I can only describe as, match box size. Even though several people have assured me this is normal and cake slices are small at weddings, I can’t believe it! surely no one would bother to take home a piece of cake/cheese/pie that small?! it wouldn’t even last the taxi ride home for me. But everyone else said its fine so instead of worrying, we spent another ‘wedmin’ night folding the boxes. They will either turn out to be ok, or we will be starting up our own matchbox company later this year, so watch this space.

Stationery

Once again my talented friend Laura has been hard at work creating amazing designs for our wedding stationery. Without giving too much away for the guests who will be coming, we’ve had some amazing ‘order of the day’ cards made, some signs for outside the venue so we hopefully don’t lose anyone and all the table numbers and seating plan made. Being blessed with a graphic designer as a friend has meant that we have been able to keep the same theme/design/logo throughout the whole process which I love. The designs really add a flow to the day and tie everything together. As ever we’ve used http://www.printed.com to have everything printed and from order to delivery it took three days! this isn’t an #ad or #spon in anyway, I just think they’re a great site and would really recommend them for any bride to be  looking for a cheaper alternative to wedding stationery.

Shopping

It is amazing the amount of little bits and bobs that in the past 18 months have been on a mental ‘buy nearer the time’ list. Well we can’t get much nearer the time so we decided we needed to actually buy everything. This shopping list has had everything from gift bags, lighters and twine to sand on it. Yes the things you need to buy to finalise a wedding are so random and often left me thinking what on earth are we doing. We still aren’t quite done yet but unless I have forgotten a lot (apologies in advance if I have) we are really close to being ready for the big day!

It seems so surreal to be less than two weeks away from getting married. After starting this blog over a year ago, to now being almost ready to walk down the aisle has gone in a flash. These last few weeks will be mental but I’m sure the hard work will pay off come the 29th July.

The hopeless bride gets a surprise

Hi everyone, it’s been a while since my last post. With less than four weeks to go, the wedding planning and prep has hit its peak and not a day goes by without doing something (mainly paying people).

Now I was going to bore you  with the details of my pre wedding life and evenings spent making cake boxes, but I’d much rather tell you something much more fun and save the boring stuff for another post.

So a few weeks ago I finished work on a Monday and went round to my mum’s where she told me to pack an overnight bag and a swimming costume because we were going away! Completely baffled and worrying about work presentations, I packed a bag and found out that my family had in fact booked time off with my boss without me knowing!

Tuesday morning, with no clue what was going on, my mum picked me up and we drive for what felt like forever. We finally arrived in Cambridge, picked up my sister and headed to a hotel and met my other sister and two aunts.

Lucky for us it was a beautiful day as we headed into central Cambridge and to a beautiful hotel spa. All 6 of us relaxed in the jacuzzi overlooking tourists punting on the river and then were treated to a beautiful facial and neck massage. All relaxed, we headed to the 5th floor of the hotel to have champagne afternoon tea with beautiful views of the city. To top things off we then headed to the rooftop bar for sangria and Pimms.

Following all that booze, we wandered round Cambridge for a bit before doing the sensible thing and heading to another bar, this time by the river called Puntyard. After a few drinks we discovered that the bar sold Chapel Down, one of my favourite sparkling wines that is made in England. Several bottles later and we were ordering food to soak up all the booze which, also happened to be delicious.

After a great night’s sleep (booze/food coma) we all woke up in need of a serious breakfast so headed back to the centre to Cote Brasserie for some eggs and lots and lots of tea. My mum and aunts haven’t got wedding outfits sorted so we then decided to hit the shops and make the most of the summer sales. There are so many amazing shops in Cambridge and nearly everyone bought at least something. John Lewis was a particular favourite with my two aunts buying three dresses each with jackets/shoes etc

Shopped out, we had to head home and back to reality 😦 but I’m so grateful to the girls for organising such an amazing surprise hen do that was great fun. I will be sad when the wedding is over and there won’t be any excuses to get together so often.

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